A proposed store in Enterprise is raising questions and concerns for some residents.
On an empty lot north of Hogan Street on Highway 82, King's Discount Store is proposing a two-story, 20,000 square foot discount store, said Michelle Young, city administrator.
The property is in the city's urban growth boundary and is zoned for commercial development, she said. The public is invited to attend a Feb. 7 Enterprise Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. where the store's site plan will be reviewed.
Neighbor Patti Wiggins said she's shopped at King's Stores before and doesn't think it would be a good addition to Enterprise.
They sell nick-nacks, socks, DVDs, hand towels, paper products and similar goods, she said.
"It's going to be a big building and it doesn't have good quality stuff," she said, adding residents won't support the store. "It's the nature of this place (Wallowa County) to go to local stores and support local businesses."
Jim Strohm owns property on Hogan Street across from the lot. The city owns a 60-foot right of way that's now lawn for his two rental properties. He doesn't object to the store, but thinks it's unfair for the city to take all the land for the street expansion from his side - some should be taken from the store's side as well.
If the city takes the entire 60-foot right of way, the street will be just a few feet from his neighbor's garage and too close to his two rental properties, he said. His neighbor's property will be ruined, he said, and his quiet street will be changed forever.
Young said she didn't know how much of the right of way would have to be taken for the Hogan Street expansion. She did say that the street would need a turning lane because 18-wheelers would need to get behind the store to deliver merchandise and the Oregon Department of Transportation won't allow traffic to be routed directly on to the highway.
This issue will likely take more than one meeting to be decided, Young added, and there are many hurdles to be cleared before the final decision is made.
Representatives from King's Discount Stores could not be reached for comment. According to its Web site, the company has grown into six western states after being founded in Burley, Idaho, nearly 90 years ago.
Wiggins said other issues to be considered are the impact of a chain store on local businesses, bright 24-hour a day lighting, building in the Prairie Creek flood plain and tractor-trailer trucks delivering goods late at night.
She said she thinks the public should be aware of the proposal because a new store would effect the entire community.
Young said if the store meets all the criteria, the site plan must be approved.
"We can't just deny somebody because the neighbors don't like it. That's illegal," she said.
Public criticism must be based on the land ordinances including parking, lighting, flood control and several other aspects to matter, Young said.